Greg Hardy, Kellen Winslow, Brandon Browner headed to Spring League

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A new spring league launches next month at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Coincidentally, it’s called The Spring League. And it will feature some recognizable names right out of the gates.

Former NFL players Greg Hardy, Kellen Winslow Jr., Brandon Browner, and Ben Tate have committed to the effort, according to a press release from The Spring League. Camp opens on April 5, with a six-game schedule that will be completed before the NFL draft begins.

The games will be played on April 15, April 16, April 22, April 23, April 25, and April 26. Based on that schedule, it’s apparently a four-team league.

Owned by new West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, The Greenbrier built a football facility for the Saints in 2014. After spending three training camps there, the Saints decided to remain in Louisiana for 2017. The Texans will train there instead.

The NFL desperately needs a developmental league that gives young players (especially quarterbacks) a chance to learn via game repetitions. Since the demise of NFL Europe (which had nearly as many names as seasons it played), the league has had nothing. The Spring League will be something; the question is whether it can do enough to survive.

28 responses to “Greg Hardy, Kellen Winslow, Brandon Browner headed to Spring League

  1. This is the first I heard of this sounds pretty cool except the fact that Hardy will be in it

  2. Greg the women beater and Kellen the Boston market beater. Interesting poster boys.

  3. It can survive if the NFL wants it to. Rather than worry about its profitability the league should look at it as a cost of doing business. If they don’t do something to improve and develop players – especially quarterbacks – the level of play will continue to erode. That would cost the league even more.

  4. this could be promising. not in terms of the guys they named who are showing up, but just to get guys who haven’t made it a chance to get some shine and at least be brought in as a part of a 90 man roster

  5. footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 22, 2017 9:10 AM
    It’s sad to see a bunch of folks who can literally do nothing except play football. And apparently they don’t do that all that well either.

    This is more about the young guys coming in getting seasoning. They don’t get that riding the pine. Forget the names that are there for other reasons.

  6. footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 22, 2017 9:10 AM
    It’s sad to see a bunch of folks who can literally do nothing except play football. And apparently they don’t do that all that well either.


    That is completely unfair. If you could play the sport you love and get paid for it you would to.

  7. Hmmm…… Winslow can wear his fatigues and scream about being a soldier, Hardy can take everyone out for dinner and pass his wallet around so everybody can pay their bill, Brandon Browner can give the Jack Tatum Treatment to every receiver he covers, and Ben Tate can boast about the glory days – being on Auburn teams that beat ‘Bama for the 5th and 6th consecutive years. Sounds like fun.

  8. It’s unimportant. It’s just that it’s next door to someone who wants to promote it.

  9. Football is just to dangerous for a league like this to ever work long term.. it really only benefits a few positions. I mean what running back is going to play in these games ? Nobody is gonna sign them a. Because running back is at a surplus anyway and b. They just spent 6 games in the offseas on getting beat up. It just makes no sense.

  10. NFL Europe provided nothing of any significance aside from a player or 2. So the developmental leagues have been tried and failed. Implying that they’re needed ignores history. I think the XFL fits into that as well. The NFL developmental league is called the NCAA.

  11. Wish I could say I was surprised that the Spring League has 4/20 off…

    It would be fun to watch an out of shape Justin Blackmon running routes although I have read he has very little interest in playing football again.

  12. I actually really enjoyed NFL Europe when it was a thing. The only problem was that you could only see it on NFL network which was only accessible in my area through a premium cable package or direct tv. They should try that again now that there is somewhat of a following in Europe.

  13. Why the NFL doesn’t support a developmental league is beyond me. Like the article says, the NFL needs to develop talent at not only the quarterback position but at other skill positions as well. If the NBA, NHL and MLB can afford minor leagues, the NFL can surely do so as well. Research and Development is of the upmost importance to any successful business. Stop being so short sighted and greedy, NFL or it will cost you in the long run.

  14. Browner?? Lol… My mom, who has had both knees replaced, has more agility than Browner had with the Saints two years ago

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